Cape Town and Johannesburg won two of the ten categories at the C40 Cities Awards, which honour cities from across the globe that demonstrate leadership in taking climate action.
Cape Town – water programme
Top of the Adaptation Implementation category, the Mother City was commended for its water conservation and demand management (WCWDM) programme aimed at minimising water waste and promoting the efficient use of water.
The programme includes raising public awareness around water use efficiency, the introduction of a stepped water tariff, free of charge plumbing repairs for low-income households, training of community plumbers, the promotion of alternative water sources for irrigation, as well as a range of technical interventions to minimise water losses, such as improved asset management, pressure management schemes, pipe replacement programmes, leak detection and improved meter management.
Johannesburg – funding programme
Johannesburg received the Finance and Economic Development Award for its Green Bond initiative. Based on a detailed climate change vulnerability assessment that was done in 2008, the Green Bond creates funding opportunities to assist the city in responding to its climate risk.
Green initiatives that will receive funding through the Green Bond include the Biogas-to-Energy project, the Solar Geyser Initiative and dual-fuel buses, as well as other projects that are critical to reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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